Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/6/2014
Publication Date: 12/10/2014
Publication URL: http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4316
Citation: Brown, J.W. 2014. Circanota: a new genus of Sparganothini from the Neotropics, and its two new species (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). ZooKeys. 462:125-134.
Interpretive Summary: Caterpillars of the moth family known as leaf-rollers cause millions of damage annually to crops, forest trees, and ornamental plants. I describe a new genus and two new species that are closely related to pest species in Central America. This information will be valuable to those studying and identifying pests (including potential invasive species) and those interested in the diversity of the Neotropical region.
Technical Abstract: Circanota, new genus, and its two new species, C. undulata, new species (type species), from Costa Rica and Panama, and C. leuschneri, new species, from Ecuador, are described and illustrated. Although superficially similar to some species of Platynota, Circanota appears to be more closely related to a putative clade within Sparganothini defined by a slender crescent-shaped signum in the corpus bursae of the female genitalia. The most conspicuous autapomorphies for Circanota are the strongly undulate costa of the male forewing and the asymmetrical antrum in the female genitalia.